Today, I would like to open up about a personal struggle of mine. I have been suffering from depression for a number of years now. Since about age 16 I have struggled with this disease. It was only intensified by the loss of my dad a few years back.
To clear up what many have been concerned about who are close to me, I am not suicidal. I have no intention of ending my life, or of hurting those around me or myself. It is what it is, but it isn’t the end of the world.
It is a difficult struggle. It’s an emptiness that I can only describe as both intensely profound and extremely painful. To those closest to me, I have described it as a black hole that has taken up residence in my chest and sucks in everything around it.
It’s something that makes day to day activities difficult. It is the reason why I have struggled for so many years with drug addiction and alcoholism. And I have found out that I am certainly not alone. Religious leaders, celebrities, wealthy businessmen, many many people struggle with depression.
To wrap up, no matter what your beliefs, no matter if you are wealthy or impoverished, depression knows no boundaries.
I’m not going to send a profound biblical verse with this post to make light of the situation. Depression is a real disease with real consequences.
I will simply close with this:
For God so loved the world that he sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. — John 3:16
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and feel as though you may harm yourself or think your loved one may harm themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 or call 911 immediately.